Special thanks to Happy Party Studio for making the schedule look extra cute!
To make things as easy breezy as possible, we scheduled rental cars to get the girls from LAX to Palm Springs in different shifts. Even though I wanted to ride with my sis, I insisted she go in another car to do the Costco run so the girls in mine could get to the house early to setup some surprises! This was an amazing plan until our Airbnb situation went downhill...more on that in a minute.
Nicole wanted a relaxed weekend, with an emphasis on spending quality pool and cocktail time with her friends so we focused most of our activities at the house. Thursday the gals were coming in at all different times, so we made dinner (& drinks, duh) at home and enjoyed the warm weather!
We had booked an incredible house that would sleep 17 under a mile from downtown Palm Springs through Airbnb. When we were just 20 minutes outside of PS, our host called to let us know he had to cancel our reservation due to a "gas leak." It's a busy time in Palm Springs and finding a house that comfortably fits a large group is no easy task, so there was a lot of scrambling on our end to make things work.
To kick things off in Palm Springs, (and while we waited to figure out how to fix our problem) we enjoyed brunch at Jake's and craft brews and micheladas at Draughtsman. After a lot of calling and a minor amount of panicking, I was able to locate another gorgeous house that could accommodate our needs! The only trick was, it was about 40 minutes away in La Quinta. At a certain point, we had to embrace the chaos and go with the new home! Ultimately, it ended up being incredible as the views of the mountains were stunning and the Old Town of La Quinta was darling. Check out the house here - and shout out to Bunnie of Vacation Palm Springs for helping us in a pinch!
Friday we kicked off the day with a little breakfast and in-home yoga from Tristan of Gatto Yoga. It was an incredible way to start the morning and Tristan was lots of fun. Highly recommend!
While we had hoped to do the Aerial Tram in Joshua Tree National Park in the afternoon, we had to skip it. We had dinner reservations in Palm Springs that night and decided not to spend the majority of our day back and forth in the car. Our day instead was spent poolside!
We headed into Palm Springs for dinner and drinks. We started off at Truss & Twine for some artisanal cocktails (try the Southside and the Three Dots & a Dash) and then did dinner at Trio. We had a large group, so opted for a prix fixe menu with a starter, entree and dessert. They were great to work with ahead of time and the prix fixe offered a variety of options for any appetite. After dinner, we headed out to Hunters followed by Chill for dancing and mischief, followed by a longggggg Lyft ride home!
Saturday we treated ourselves to brunch catered by Todd Konkol Food. Todd brought us an incredible spread with insanely yummy vegetarian quiche (everyone asked for the recipe), turkey sausage, breakfast sweet potatoes, blueberry apple coffee cake, almond danish, fresh fruit and bagels. It was decadent and made with clean ingredients! Todd brought everything ready to serve, so after a few minutes of setup we were happily munching away.
Later that evening, Todd came back to make us a Mexican fiesta and he brought along a secret ingredient, a bartender to make us fresh margaritas! The apps alone were enough for a meal - fresh quac, pico, quesadillas and shrimp ceviche, and then fresh tacos and cauliflower rice and beans. The bride's favorite desserts include peanut butter and chocolate, and Todd did not disappoint! He created a chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter frosting, along with nutter butter cookies with peanut butter filling, dipped in bittersweet chocolate! It was so relaxing to have someone else do the cooking and cleanup and not have to lift a finger or leave the house!
The majority of our group had earlier flights, but for those of us with red-eyes, we asked for a late checkout and spent the day finishing off the food from Saturday at the pool! On our way back to Los Angeles, we stopped to see the world's biggest dinosaurs in Cabazon! It was a nice, quick, campy break from the California traffic. We ended the evening in Santa Monica at Del Friscos for dinner before rushing to the airport.